The additive manufacturing metal powder recovery system (AM-MPRS) from Vac-U-Max (Belleville, NJ) vacuums and filters expensive metal powders including Inconel, stainless steel, Haynes 282, cobalt chrome, and water-reactive powders for reuse. Powder recovery time is reduced by up to 85% in a continuous, dust-free process.
National Fire Prevention Association 484-compliant for handling metal powders, the AM-MPRS uses a compressed gas-powered single-venturi power unit to vacuum metal powders from the printing bed. Powder is separated from the airstream by gravity-drop and a surface filter and discharged into a surge hopper, which meters the powder onto the sieve’s screen deck. The vacuum receiver offers 36 square feet of filter area.
Larger powders and agglomerations are separated from smaller particles. Aided by an ultrasonic generator that enhances flow, the smaller particles pass through the screen and sieve outlet into the collection container and are immediately available for reuse. The sieve discharges the metal powders into a pail, drum or IBC in an inert environment. Screened powder is available for immediate reuse, blending with virgin materials, storage, or recycling.
Designed for ease of use, the closed system maximizes plant and personnel safety by eliminating operator exposure to metal dusts in 3-D printing operations.
AIDA-America’s 300-Ton Servo Press Increases Productivity at Graham Stamping
AIDA-America Corp. (Dayton, OH) provided Graham Stamping Co. (Hermitage, PA) with a 300-ton unitized frame servo press, the DSF-N2-3000 press.
Beckwood Delivers Hydraulic and Servo-Electric Presses to Supplier of Solid-State Batteries
Beckwood Press Co. (St. Louis, MO) has delivered a 500-ton, 4-post hydraulic press and a 50-ton servo-electric press to a U.S. manufacturer of solid-state batteries.
ATI Industrial Automation Acquired by Novanta
As of August 31, ATI Industrial Automation (Apex, NC) was officially purchased by Novanta Inc. (Bedford, MA). Novanta provides laser systems, vision systems, and motion-control components to manufacturers of medical equipment and advanced industrial equipment.